Under California law, the owner, occupant or lessor of a premises is generally the one legally responsible for dangerous conditions or activities on the premises. The owner, occupant or lessor has a duty to exercise ordinary care in the use, maintenance and management of the premises in order to avoid exposing persons to an unreasonable risk of harm. Under limited circumstances, landowners may be strictly liable for harm caused to another on their property. These same general duties apply whether you are on private, commercial or public property.
The types of dangerous conditions that can give rise to a claim for premises liability range from a slip/trip and fall to dangerous stairs to poor lighting to incidents that occur in restaurants or stores. The injuries can be severe and often result in significant medical bills and lost wages. If you have suffered an injury on another’s premises it is important to secure photographs of how the premises presented at the time of the incident, as well as the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. This is critical because things will often get changed on the premises and defendants will later try to blame the injured party for being careless.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a dangerous condition on the property owned or maintained by another, you should speak to an experienced attorney to ensure you rights are protected. At Walton Law, A.P.C., we have successfully handled several premises liability cases and understand the intricacies surrounding these difficult claims.
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